Physical Therapy for Dancers
Photo in Dance Science: Anatomy, Movement Analysis, Conditioning, courtesy of Princeton Book Company
Whether you’re a youth dancer, a professional or a pre-professional, physical therapy for dancers at Lehigh Valley Health Network offers specialized care from one of the nation’s few physical therapists specializing in the care of dancers. It’s part of our performing arts wellness program. We thoroughly evaluate each dancer and use that evaluation to create an individual development plan that will help exceed your goals and expectations as you rehab.
Our therapists will:
- Screen and assess your dance technique
- Explain the science and dance medicine behind current physical therapy techniques that can enhance your dancing
- Provide dance-specific rehabilitation for re-entry to studio work or stage
- Provide targeted training to enhance dance skills
- Help you to transition from an injury back to class, rehearsal or performance
- Provide individualized therapeutic programs
Why choose us
- As part of LVHN our program gives you access to athletic trainers, physical therapists, PhDs, Pilates teachers, psychologists and other professionals who can assist you as needed.
- We have a state-of-the-art facility that includes an Alter-G (anti-gravity) treadmill for jump training, Pilates equipment, rotational disks, a dance studio with a sprung dance floor and floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors.
- We offer the care and resources you need here in the Lehigh Valley so you don’t need to travel outside the region.
About our expert
Master’s-educated dance physical therapist Gayanne Grossman leads our performing arts wellness program. The author of “Dance Science: Anatomy, Movement Analysis and Conditioning,” Grossman has toured the East Coast as both a dancer and dance instructor. She presents both nationally and internationally on the topics of dance medicine and science, and is a leading expert in her field. She also is a physical therapist for dancers at Muhlenberg College, as well as an associate instructor of anatomy and kinesiology for the Muhlenberg College dance program. She currently serves the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) as the editor-in-chief of the IADMS Bulletin for Dancers and Teachers. Grossman serves on the research committee of the Performing Arts Medical Association.
A physical therapist specializing in the well-being of dancers for more than 26 years, Grossman uses her unique skills to help better assess an injury and its impact on dance medicine. She provides physical therapy for dancers of all genres and at all levels of ability, and she works hands-on with all dancers in the program.